This is a very straight, tremendous vintage Selmer Paris Mark VI tenor sax, serial number 101227. The serial number dates this tenor to 1962, and is just on the outside the fabled “5 digit” Mark VI's. It plays with all the characteristics you look for and expect in a good early VI, and is in fantastic shape to boot.
This is a European-engraved Mark VI, with keywork to high F#, a somewhat rare find on an earlier VI like this. While the sax does show a fair amount of lacquer wear, it is all from normal playing and is just honest wear. The sax shows some minor history of past dent work here and there, but no serious past damage or trauma. The original neck has never been pulled down. Tone holes are all in great shape, and a recent overhaul has the sax feeling like a new horn too. This tenor was recently restored by pro tech Marin Spivak, using premium firm leather pads and brown plastic resonators. It has been professionally adjusted and has a real fluid, effortless feel under your fingers.
I found this tenor to play with a strong voice and offering a lot of control. It has a definite warm color to its tone, and a solid core that allows you to push the horn without feeling like you are hitting a wall. The altissimo in particular just rips. This is a solid all-around tenor that can do it all. It ships in a great vintage Selmer case, which is also in fantastic shape.